I started out with the D100 and then moved to the D200, which I really like, so you might be wondering why the Nikon D50 DSLR? Well, the main reason is that it weighs a lot less. I am going to be using the D50 on an aerial photography pole camera set up and the less weight 30-40 feet in the air the better. The pole can setup is still under construction but so far I have the poles, 40 feet of military aluminum antenna, the nikon D50 and a PRISM remote release. The PRISM plugs into an R/C aircraft receiver, and converts the servo control pulses to the infrared signal protocol necessary to trigger the shutter on the Nikon D50 digital camera. A very cool setup and handy when the camera is 40 feet in the air. I will be using a 2.4 Ghz Spread Spectrum aircraft RC unit so that I can pan and tilt the camera as well. That, coupled with a video down link will give me a good idea of what I am shooting.
Meanwhile, I have been shooting some shots with the D50 and the stock 18-55 Nikon lens. So far I really like the rig. Nice and light and, from what I’ve sees so far, the shots are great. I anticipate using it as a second camera when i am shooting with the D200 and the 70-200 2.8 that I love so much. Not having to switch lenses in a dusty windy environment like I so often shoot in will be great!